BAKED CHEESY SCALLOPS

Just the sound of it makes sea food lovers go yum! It looks grandiose, but it’s easy to make. Scallops baked with cheese have an all rounded appeal owing to it being baked in its shell. Let’s suppose you are at that point where you can’t think of anything new and innovative to create in your kitchen. The guests are about to arrive. Assuming you have the ingredients at hand, this is a breeze to make and a sure shot to be a success. This is that dish that is made to create an artistic image on your dinner table. The creaminess of the cheese, browned to perfection, smeared all over the delectable scallop that lies comfortable in its shell – an appetizer to be remembered.

PREP 30 mins

SERVES 10

INGREDIENTS

10 scallops
10 scallop shells
30g butter
Pepper to taste
100g Gruyere cheese
1 slice lemon
1 bunch parsley
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
¼ tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon mixed herbs
Banana leaves to garnish

LETS COOK IT UP!

First, preheat oven at 200 degrees C. Cover a baking tray with foil. Set aside. Now, thoroughly wash the scallop shells and place them in boiling water for 5 mins. Remove and dry.

Place the scallops onto each shell. Now, bake the scallops with the shell for 5 mins. Remove from the oven and pour out the broth from each shell by tilting. Discard broth.

Now, in a mixing bowl, mix the butter, mayonnaise, salt, pepper and herbs together thoroughly until it is smooth like a paste.

Spoon generously over each scallop and grate the cheese on top of each scallop. Return the scallops to the oven and bake for another 10 mins (they should appear a golden brown).

Take out appetizer plates, place a banana leaf on them and place each scallop on top of the leaf.

Squeeze some lemon juice onto each piece and garnish with finely chopped parsley. Serve hot.

Watch your guests slurp it up!

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